Pain Management, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Infrared saunas have been very beneficial in the treatment of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other pains that are associated with joints, muscles and bones. Doctors believe that the “toxic load” of these patients far exceeds those of a healthy patient and that for reasons still being understood, these patients have trouble releasing these toxins in the detoxification process. Reducing the toxins and heavy metals in suffers of fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome, symptoms often greatly improve. A number of people also suffer unknowingly from mercury poisoning or from other heavy metals such as lead and aluminum. The infrared sauna is invaluable in accelerating the removal of these toxic metals. Raising the core temperature and creating a “hyperthermia” effect, the infrared sauna also improves a number of parameters in the immune system used to fight pain. Arthritis pains are another aliment that can be greatly improved through the use of the infrared sauna. The deep heat of the infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. It has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm promoting greater flexibility and range of motion. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that come with aging is reduced or eliminated.
Sauna detoxification is thought to lead to the removal of fat soluble chemicals from the body by encouraging their elimination through sebaceous and sweat glands. Excretion of lipophylic chemicals through the sweat glands has been documented for a variety of compounds including morphine, amphetamines, chlorinated pesticides, herbicides, PCB’s, PCP’s, and general volatile substances.